Tune: "Din Feng Bo" - Rainy Days
- Poetry of Huang Tingjian


- Last updated: 2024-04-07 14:59:59

Tune: "Din Feng Bo" - Rainy Days by Huang Tingjian





English Translation

Ten thousand li away in Qian Zhong,

it rained like the sky was leaking.

Staying inside the house all the time

as if I have been on a boat ride.

On this Double Nine Festival Day,

we finally can see a blue and clear sky.

I feel the urge to drink before the Shu River

or the Devil gate outside.

Don't laugh at this old man

who still has a lot of pride.

Look, how many old men would still

insert yellow mums

into their temple hair in white?

I can still chase southward the two Xies

on the Horse-Show stage.

When it comes to rapid shooting with arrows,

I am as good as those ancient heroes.

By Huang Tingjian

Why Chinese poems is so special?
The most distinctive features of Chinese poetry are: concision- many poems are only four lines, and few are much longer than eight; ambiguity- number, tense and parts of speech are often undetermined, creating particularly rich interpretative possibilities; and structure- most poems follow quite strict formal patterns which have beauty in themselves as well as highlighting meaningful contrasts.
How to read a Chinese poem?
Like an English poem, but more so. Everything is there for a reason, so try to find that reason. Think about all the possible connotations, and be aware of the different possibilities of number and tense. Look for contrasts: within lines, between the lines of each couplet and between successive couplets. Above all, don't worry about what the poet meant- find your meaning.

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